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209591 tn?1267418314

Fibromyalgia & Fatigue

Hi, I am a 25 year old female that was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in August along with many other things...I have been staying so tired, some days sleeping more than 15 hours....Just getting out of bed sometimes is almost impossible...For you all what has been the most helpful treatment (exercise, therapy or medication) for your fatigue?  All of my medicines cause fatigue and so do all 8 to 10 diagnoses I currently have...Thanks so much for your help.
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350945 tn?1274426721

Hello,

My most painful treatment was trigger point injections, I rec'vd 16 shots in the first and only setting.
Physical Therapy, was painful due to having to move around.

MoesQueen
131817 tn?1209532911
I too have a lot of fatigue. Small amt's of exercise, like walking for 5 minutes and working it up will help your fatigue.  I have had that 15 hr. sleep a day, not now. What are you taking?
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Lyrica seems to be helping me with the nerve pain of fibro. I haven't been able to exercise at all since Nov due to a flare. But when I can exercise does help the pain. Nothing I have done seems to help the fatigue. I went to church this morning, then took a "nap" for 4 1/2 hrs. You just have to learn to pace yourself. My dr told me to vacuum one room at a time, not the whole house. One load of laundry, not spend all day washing & folding clothes. You get the idea.It's a crappy disease, but it can be mannaged. Best Wishes
131817 tn?1209532911
I was sure hoping you had the miracle to help fatigue. I too take those 4 or more hour naps when I do something as small as making a meal or going somewhere. Yuck.  At least we are not in the pain, I guess. The Lyrica helps a lot.  I want normal, but it seems allusive.....
131817 tn?1209532911
I did get on my stationary bike tonight.  About 2 minutes, but if I work it up it sure can't hurt!  I am not in my flare now and want to get out of this awful fatigue.  Just walking to that bike takes some talking myself into,  but needed I think.
209591 tn?1267418314
Hi, I tried the Lyrica, but you are talking to a person that would not take Aspirin for a headache before...Before I got sick an aspirin would make me sleepy...I would wake up the morning after taking the Lyrica and feel overly intoxicated...I could not walk without holding on to things, I felt really uneasy..So my Rheumy took me off of it and prescribed Lamictal...I do not have such a hard time with it...Yea, I have to do things in intervals too, I do not think others that are well really understand...I think they really think we are putting on, and the disease is all in our minds...I cannot wait until they can put some clinical evidence behind this diagnosis, so we won't look mental, lol.  The fatigue is bad, I have learned to keep the fan on at night (along with my air that is always set on about 65)...I get hot really quickly, so I get somewhat a better nights rest, notice I said somewhat...The fatigue is still kicking my butt though...Hope they figure out something soon, because I AM PULLING OUT MY HAIR, not literally...But not far from it, lol.
131817 tn?1209532911
Wow, you sound like me. I am on Lyrica and don't feel over intoxicated but man, I can't do much of anything!!!   I used to be such a mover and shaker, now I feel confined to bed. I hate this!   Perhaps the pain is gone, but can I function?  NO.  Yuck.  I don't know what to do. Maybe I just go through the flare ups with nothing and exist in the world when I am not in a flare.  How am I to start Grad school in two weeks when I feel like a zombie much of the time...
209591 tn?1267418314
Yes, I had to way the options to, either way you are just existing...I just decided to put my faith in my Rheumy, because he is really intelligent..And I know he has my best interest at heart...There is nothing worse than a doctor that will not work with you and your problems with meds...Look up...Things are bound to get better, it is 2008 now.
131817 tn?1209532911
It's not 2008 here yet, where are you??  I think you are right about trusting the Rhemy. I like mine.  I think I need to see him sooner than I was going to.  Happy New Years!!!  Thanks!
209591 tn?1267418314
I am on the east coast...Yea I cannot get back to see mine until April 28th...We live in a rural area, and Rheumys are hard to find
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Not quite New Year here yet..West Coast. I live in a VERY small town, and the closest rheumie that works with fibro pts. is 300 miles away. My PCP is a naturopathic physician, but he is also very knowledgable about fibro. The fatigue is what gets to me the most too. And I know how hard it is to look "normal" and be in so much pain etc. and have people look at you like "duh" it's all in your head. IT"S NOT ! I even changed dr's because of that attitude. girl..pleaase try Grad School. is there any way you can do some of it on-line? My daughter in Florida does that, just because she's so busy building a new house 10,000sq ft organic garden, cows, and husband. I drive 8 hrs a day for my job, and every bump in the road hurts.but, gotta eat.  By the weekend, all I do is work and sit, and then sometimes the weekend is a dead loss, just to gear up for the next wek. But we have to have hope that something will be found to help us. Wishing you both a pain-free New Year. Prayers and hugs.
209591 tn?1267418314
Hi all, I do not know how you brought in the New Years,but I definetly overdid it....I feel like I I have the Flu today....No energy, weak, headache, burning & chest pains...All I did was spend the day with my niece, doing things I just did not have the energy or willpower to do...lol i really did not have it yesterday either.....But I tried and now I feel like C***.
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